Sze’s Azentus Fund Down 6.8% In 2011

Jan 10 2012 | 10:04am ET

Former Goldman Sachs trader Morgan Sze’s Azentus fund, launched to great fanfare last April, lost 6.8% in 2011.

Reuters, citing two sources with “direct knowledge of the matter,” says the Hong Kong-based multi-strategy fund was hit by a sharp drop in Chinese shares.

Sze launched the fund with about $1 billion in April 2011, the largest Asia launch of the year. Azentus now manages $1.9 billion.

Reuters’ sources say Sze’s fund did well for the first six months of 2011 before coming to grief in September, mostly due to its Chinese exposure, as Chinese stocks measured by the MSCI China Index shed 20%. Most of its losses came from investments in Chinese stocks listed in the U.S.

The fund was down 1.4% in December and 1.7% a month earlier, says the news agency, and begins 2012 with 120% gross exposure (the sum of its long and short positions).

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